This year, “Artigianato e Palazzo” has celebrated its twentieth birthday. Since Neri Torrigiani and Princess Giorgiana Corsini decided it was time to do something to support and promote artistic craftsmanship and highlight “hand made” productions, in 1994, tradition and modernity have been welcomed year after year in the Limonaia Grande (the largest lemon tree greenhouse) of Florence’s Giardino Corsini.
Framed by the elegant geometry of the Italian garden designed by Bernardo Buontalenti at the end of the 16th century (and later completed by Gherardo Silvani), internationally renowned companies – such as Capucci, Bulgari, Gucci, and Vacheron Constantin, to mention but a few – and hundreds of handpicked artisans showcase their products and present their creative process, detailing the complex and fascinating steps that lead to their masterpieces. The exhibition is, in fact, a wonderful opportunity to find out more about applied arts.
An opportunity the public has responded to with overwhelming enthusiasm: the three-day event (the most recent edition was held on May 15-18, 2014) has attracted over 140,000 visitors over two decades, offering visibility to hundreds of exhibitors (700 craftsmanship masters and 140 representatives of traditional trades, in 2014).
Year after year, success after success, “Artigianato e Palazzo” has established itself as one of the unmissable events in the world of art and culture.